Brazilian pulp production increased by 5.3% in January - May

Friday, Aug 11, 2017

The trade balance for the Brazilian planted tree industry reached $2.9 billion from January to May of 2017, growth of 4.9% compared to the same period last year, as the the Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá) said in the press release received by Lesprom Network.

During the year, the sector accumulated total exports of $3.3 billion, 3.2% higher than the same period in 2016. Pulp sales abroad reached $2.4 billion (+4.1%), while foreign sales of paper were $767 million (-2%) and of wood panels were $113 million (+25.6%).
Brazilian pulp production reached 8 million tons (+5.3%) between January and May of 2017, and paper registered 4.3 million tons (-0.6%).

Exports demand for Brazilian pulp remains high in the international market. During the first five months of the year 5.5 million tons of pulp were exported, an expansion of 4.7% over the same five months of 2016. The paper sector recorded exports of 892,000 tons (+1.8%), and wood panels reached 490,000 cubic meters (+36.5%).

China has maintained its position as the main destination for Brazilian pulp, representing more than 43% of the total exported by Brazil and generating income of approximately $1 billion for the year, an increase of 27.7% compared to the first five months of 2016.
Meanwhile, Latin America remains the main market for the paper and wood panel sectors, generating revenues of $492 million (+10.3%) and $62 million (+26.5%), respectively.

Sales of paper and wood panels on the domestic market remained stable at 2.1 million tons and 2.6 million cubic meters, respectively.



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